Posts Tagged ‘Iginla’

Craig Conroy nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Posted 05 May 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have just announced that Craig Conroy has been nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. I’m not sure if you’ve paid any attention to Craig Conroy in the past, but he is definitely deserving of this nomination!

Jarome Iginla won the award in 2004, marking the first time that 3 players from a single NHL franchise have won the award. He joins fellow Flames captains, Joe Nieuwendyk (1995) and Lanny McDonald (1988) in the select group of NHL players that have won the award by making a difference in their community. The only other team that has had multiple winners is the Boston Bruins who had recipients in Ray Bourque (1992) and Dave Poulin (1993).

Conroy was also awarded the Flames Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award this season for his perseverance, dedication and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication  to community service.

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be awarded at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 23. Good luck Connie! We’re behind you!!

November is Friendly to the Flames

Posted 29 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Flames, Iginla, Northwest Division, November, Road
NHL Coyotes Flames 20091125

I haven’t written anything since the blowout loss against Chicago last Saturday, but the Flames have been on a tear so it’s time for a little summary. The Flames played 5 games last week, taking 9 of 10 points and heading into Grey Cup Sunday on a seriously high note.

Last Saturday, the Flames put together a near-perfect game as they dominated the LA Kings on the way to a 5-2 win in Los Angeles. They completed their California tour with a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss in Anaheim. The Ducks played a solid game and were backstopped by an incredible performance from J-S Giguerre, who has been fighting for his starting role again. The always reliable Teemu Selanne scored the winning goal in the shootout with an absolute beauty over Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder.

Returning home, the Flames beat Phoenix in a sleeper 2-1 game that didn’t get exciting until the end of the 3rd period. I was happy that I only got home in time to watch the 3rd period, as it looked like a good game to me. Speaking to other fans, I realize that it was one of the most boring game they’ve watched all season.

This weekend was very busy for the Flames who played on Friday in Detroit and Saturday in Columbus. Miikka Kiprusoff registered his 2nd shutout of the season while backstopping the Flames to a 3-0 victory in Detroit, then had a night off on Saturday. Kipper’s win gives him a total of 14 on the season, one short of Martin Brodeur for the league lead.

Curtis McElhinney, who rarely sees icetime as the Flames backup goalie, came out strong in the first period in Columbus, slamming the door on the Blue Jackets for the first 20 minutes. After Olli Jokinen gave Calgary an early second period lead, the Flames broke down, allowing Columbus to score 3 goals in the 2nd period. It looked like the Columbus was going to walk off the ice with a 3-1 win, but with about 10 minutes left in the game, the Flames turned on the jets, scored 2 quick goals and sent the game to overtime. They had all the opportunities in overtime, but needed the shootout to win the game. McElhinney stopped enough pucks to give his team the win, which was sealed by Jamie Lundmark’s goal in the 4th round of the shootout.

90956022JG007_CALGARY_FLAME

Flames captain Jarome Iginla is known for having a slow start in October before turning it on in November. This has given him the nickname “Mr. November”, and this season he has been true to it. He’s been called “Captain Fantastic” this year as well, after he scored several key goals, leading his team to eventual victories. Iginla’s consistent play this month has been a key factor in their success. He’s making a great case for inclusion in the “Who Will Captain Team Canada in Vancouver 2010″ list. Team Canada GM, Steve Yzerman, was in LA last saturday when Iggy scored a hat-trick in the win.

The Flames have traditionally ridden the coat-tails of their captain on the way to putting up solid numbers in November. For the past few seasons, the Flames have ended november at, or near the top of the division. This season is no different, and the Flames have battled their way ahead of Colorado to take 1st spot in the NW and 2nd in the West. So far they’ve taken 20 of 26 points in November, and the play their final November game tomorrow night.

The Flames continue a tough roadtrip in Nashville tomorrow, then head West to Phoenix, San Jose and Los Angeles to round out their season-long 6-game road trip. I suppose it’s not a bad time for them to be on the road, where they’ve gone 9-1-3 so far this season.

Kipper Shuts Out the Canadiens

Posted 11 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Iginla, Montreal Canadiens, Phaneuf, Road, Shutout, Win

The Calgary Flames had not won a game in Montreal in 9 years, but that changed tonight when Miikka Kiprusoff shut out the Habs for his first shutout and 10th win of the season. The Flames goaltender has been the team’s best player for the past few games and made some spectacular saves to maintain the 1-0 win tonight.

Jarome Iginla scored the only goal of the game with 5:05 remaining in the first period. It was his 5th goal in 4 games, which gives him 9 on the season. Iginla, nicknamed “Mr. November” by some fans has a history of playing well in the second month of the season. He’s leading the team on and off the ice and

The Canadiens have now lost 3 consecutive games on home ice and their fans are not too happy. They gave it a good effort tonight, so their fans have to recognize that much. It was also a very entertaining game to watch. In fact, tonight’s game was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen between Calgary and Montreal since Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup finals.

Sure that’s setting the bar high, but this game was really that good. There were fights, hits and scoring chances galore. Both teams played with energy and tenacity, and never let up. The best 2 minutes of the game came while Brandon Prust and Maxime Lapierre were in the penalty box. The 2 minutes of 4-on-4 play that followed was unbelieveable! Both teams had 2 good scoring chances, including Scott Gomez who had a breakaway on Miikka Kiprusoff. Habs goalie Jaroslav Halak played awesome and kept his team in the game right to the end.

The notable player for the Flames tonight was Dion Phaneuf. He brought a physical presence to the game that is reminiscent of years past. He laid 2 solid hits on Habs players in the first and second periods and hit everything in green (yes, the Habs were wearing green!) pants.

The Flames look to extend their winning streak to 5 games when they visit Buffalo on Friday.

Hawks Take Both Home Games, Lead Series 2-0

Posted 19 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Chicago Blackhawks, Iginla, Loss, Playoffs, Road, Round 1, Toews

Game 2 started the same way as game one did for the Flames. Unfortunately it ended in a similar way with the Chicago Blackhawks winning 3-2.

After coming out strong in the first period and scoring 2 goals, the Flames were not able to contain the young Chicago stars who scored 3 goals in the 2nd period to put them ahead for good.

Jarome Iginla opened the scoring 7:44 into the game with Calgary’s first powerplay goal in 12 games. Adrian Aucoin made it 2-0 after banging in a rebound with less than 5 minutes to play in the first period.

With one minute left in the first period, Jordan Leopold was sent to the penalty box for tripping. The Flames managed to kill off the first half of the powerplay, but Jonathan Toews made them pay less than a minute into the 2nd period with his first-ever playoff goal. The Chicago captain scored on a beautiful through-the-seem feed from Patrick Sharp and put his team on the board. More importantly, the goal gave the Hawks a lot of momentum that they carried throughout the 2nd period.

Sharp added another goal 6 minutes later to tie the game at 2-2, and Toews scored the game winner with only 24 seconds remaining in the 2nd period. Toews 2nd goal was eerily similar to Martin Havlat’s first goal in game one. Toews split through 2 Flames defencemen and banged in a rebound from just outside the crease. The goal was the result of hard work and a defensive breakdown from the Flames.

The Flames return to the Saddledome for game 3 on Monday night and game 4 on Wednesday. Expect the “C of Red” to be in full effect as the Flames look to tie the series at 2-2 before heading back to Chicago next week.

A Record Setting Night in Calgary

Posted 02 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Iginla, Lecavalier, home, record

The Tampa Bay Lightning were in town tonight to play the Calgary Flames but instead of 2 points for a win, the thing that was on everyone’s mind was whether a team record would fall tonight and whether there would be any career milestones for goals scored. Jarome Iginla was on deck for both honours.
Lightning Flames Hockey
Indeed there were not one, not two, but three milestones reached tonight. Most of the Calgary Flames fans concentrated on 2 of them, but don’t forget that there was a 3rd one that was celebrated in Tampa when Vincent Lecavalier scored his 2nd goal of the game.

Iginla tied the big record – the Flames all-time points leader – in the first period when he scored to make the game 1-1. With the goal, he notched his 830th point as a Calgary Flame and moved into a tie with Theoren Fleury for the all-time points lead. It was also his 399th career goal.

The record-breaking point came on Calgary’s next goal, when a Dion Phaneuf shot from the point was tipped by Craig Conroy into the net. Iginla was later credited with an assist, but it wasn’t immediately evident because Iginla’s pass to Phaneuf was tipped by Mark Recchi on the way. Since Recchi didn’t have control of the puck, Iginla was credited with an assist, but the credit didn’t come until later, so there was no celebration on this goal.

Calgary’s next goal – 5 minutes later on the Powerplay – was an obvious assist for Iginla. He controlled the puck along the boards, then passed down low to David Moss who found a wide-open Mike Cammalleri in front of the Tampa net. Cammalleri buried his 33rd goal of the season and the fans erupted while “831 points – Jarome Iginla” was displayed on the scoreboard.

The goal gave the Flames a 3-2 lead, and Iginla mouthed a humble “Thank You” to the crowd. There was no ceremony, no big hoopla… just another day at the office for one of the greatest players in the game. The Flames used this boost to score 1:17 later to take a 4-2 lead, and that was the start of a true 1980’s-style hockey game that featured 7 goals in the 2nd period. By the time the buzzer rang to end the 2nd period, Calgary found themselves down 5-4.

The one goal defecit was short lived, as a Jarome Iginla goal tied the game 14 seconds into the 3rd period. Jim Vandermeer put some offensive-zone pressure on the Lightning defense, who turned the puck over to him in their own end. He dropped a pass to Craig Conroy who fed Iginla for a one-timer in the slot. Iginla made no mistake for his 400th career goal and tied the game at 5-5. The most excited person seemed to be Peter Maher of the Fan 960 – who celebrated the goal with his trademark “Iginla’s 400th… Yeah Baby!!!”

The Lightning had their own plans for the night, though, and spoiled Iginla’s party with 3 more goals in the third period. The eventual game winner was scored by Vincent Lecavalier on the power play, after he took a high stick from Robyn Regehr. The goal was Lecavalier’s 300th career goal, and nobody took any notice in Calgary, except for the fact that it put the Lightning up 7-5.

At the end of the game, the Tampa Bay Lightning had successfully played the role of “spoiler” for the Flames, once again. They won 8-6 in a game that was eerily similar to the 9-6 Calgary win in Tampa last season. In addition to taking the 2 points for the win, The Lightning overshadowed Iginla’s milestone night.

But I guess it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. The records have fallen, the milestones have been reached and now the Flames can head out on a season-high 7-game roadtrip and focus on what’s important – winning games down the stretch.

Iginla Scores First All Star Goal

Posted 26 Jan 2009 — by Greg
Category Iginla

Iginla Scores
It wasn’t the prettiest goal ever scored. But, like the 400+ other goals he’s scored in his professional career, Jarome Iginla managed to shoot the puck across the goal line to make it count.

Iginla’s first ever All Star Game goal could be considered a garbage goal simply because of the fact that it is the All Star Game. Iginla’s goal, at 16:46 of the 2nd period tied the game at 8-8 after it trickled through Henrik Lundqvist’s legs and past the goal line. To be sure Iginla would be credited with his first goal, Zdeno Chara knocked the puck off the goalie and into the net in an attempt to keep it out. Jarome and his linmates Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau weren’t sure who actually scored until Iginla’s name was announced.

The All Star Game is where the NHL’s best talent display why they are paid millions of dollars per season, and why most of the either wear the ‘C’ or ‘A’ on their jersey. All Star Game goals usually involve a combination of pinpoint passing and accurate shooting, much like the Marc Savard + Alexander Ovechkin = goal for Andrei Markov combination in the first period of this year’s game. If it’s not a passing play, then it could be a pure-talent play like Evgeni Malkin’s between-the-legs shot or Rick Nash’s breakaway backhand-over-the-goalie’s-shoulder roofer that came 42 seconds later. Iginla’s goal did not live up to these standards, but I’m sure he doesn’t really care. After 5 appearances, the Flames Captain finally shed the monkey from his back and scored in a NHL All Star Game.

This year’s All Star Game was a perfect end to a fantastic weekend in Montreal. A 12-11 shootout final that featured 102 shots and the first penalty since 2000! The whole weekend was masterfully organized by the Canadiens, and the fans were treated to some great times by the NHL. The players were very accessible to the fans and I heard several stories of locals running into past and present NHL stars all over the city. Sidney Crosby stopped by a local fitness club to workout on Saturday afternoon, and Gordie Howe attended a minor hockey game on Sunday afternoon. The kids on the ice had no idea who he was, but the parents (and grandparents) watching sure did! It may possibly be the only time that little Brandon’s parents weren’t up there with their stop-watch comparing how much ice time their son logged compared to the coach’s son.

Iggy’s first All Star goal came during what could be as considered as close to perfection as we’ll ever see in an All Star weekend. He almost sealed the game with his 2nd goal in overtime, but Bruins goalie Tim Thomas foiled the attempt with a well-timed right pad save to keep the East alive long enough to win it in the shootout. The Montreal fans may have chosen their All Star MVP long before the weekend started, but Alexei Kovalev lived up to their expectations by scoring 2 regulation goals and adding an assist before winning the game with his 2nd-round shootout goal on Roberto Luongo. Amid the cheers of the fans, Kovalev walked away with the oversized key to a new truck, and a big smile on his face.

Flames Shutout Rangers in NY

Posted 07 Dec 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Iginla, Moss, New York Rangers, Road, Shutout, Win

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 31 shots he faced to shutout the New York Rangers and help the Calgary Flames win 3-0 at Madison Square Gardens tonight.

Kipprusoff wouldn’t know it until the end of the game, but his biggest stop came only 15 seconds into the first period when he stopped a Ryan Callahan re-direct with the tip of his left skate. Callahan got a great break in on net right off the opening faceoff, and Kipper had to be sharp to keep the home side from getting an early 1-0 lead.

After that first stop, Kipper seemed to be in the zone and remained perfect for the rest of the game. He was tested numerous times, but the Flames defence seemed to know that their goaltender was not going to give up any easy goals, and adjusted their play accordingly. Fourteen minutes into the first period the Rangers had a 2-on-1 against Robyn Regehr. The flames defender played it perfectly, taking away the pass and allowed Kipper to play Brandon Dubinsky’s shot… which he kicked into the corner.

The Rangers have some veritable snipers and are known for their tricky puck handling and tape-to-tape passing. Though they may not have the highest scoring offense in the league, the Rangers have found success partly because they have one of the best goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist. If you have 2 Vezina trophy contenders on the ice in one game, you know that they will both be playing their best. While Kipper was perfect, Lundqvist wasn’t helped by his defence and made a couple mistakes.

The Calgary Flames were up to the challenge of beating Lundqvist tonight, and took advantage of the few mistakes he made to score 3 times. It took them 35 minutes to get a puck past the NY goalie, but Jarome Iginla finally got the Flames on the board on a 2nd rebound attempt. The goal was made possible by Curtis Glencross, who continues to impress me. His hard work on the boards inside the Flames blueline got the puck out to Iginla who lead the rush up the ice. Iginla passed to Dion Phaneuf, who put a shot on net. Mike Cammalleri banged away at the rebound, which bounced off Lundqvist right onto Iginla’s stick. Iginla wasted no time snapping the puck into the wide-open goal.

The Flames got some insurance from David Moss 1:52 into the 3rd period when he scored his 4th goal in 4 games. The salt was rubbed into the Rangers wounds when Rene Bourque scored short-handed with 2 minutes to play in the 3rd period giving the Flames a 3-0 lead. The NY fans that still remained in their seats ran for the exits after Bourque scored.

Game Notes:
Kipprusoff got his 3rd shutout of the season, and 29th of his career.
Warren Peters played in his first NHL game for the Flames and logged 5:08 of ice-time.
The Flames moved into 1st spot in the Northwest Division following Vancouver’s shoot out loss to Colorado.

Flames Drop 2 in Battle of Alberta

Posted 19 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames gave up the lead 2 times in 2 days to hand the Edmonton Oilers their 3rd and 4th straight wins to start the 2008-2009 season. With the losses, the Flames now sit at 1-3-1 and have started the season in a very lacklustre style that makes it hard to be a Flames fan in October.

Flames Captain, Jarome Iginla has 1 goal and 3 assists to open the season, and has been in 2 fights – one good one with Willie Mitchell (despite getting ‘jerseyed’) and one that was a waste with Cody McCormick. The Flames have a tough enough team and should not have to rely on their captain (and top scorer) to flight for them. Surely this has something to do with Sean Avery’s comments… but this shouldn’t be happening. Iginla needs to be on the ice to score.

Miikka Kiprusoff has started the season at a snail’s pace. He has a 4.36 goals against average, and has been out of position too many times. Typically he’s let himself slide out of the net while stopping the first shot… only to let in many 2nd shot chances. Granted, the Flames defence is not doing what they should to stop their opponents from getting these 2nd (and 3rd!) shots on net… but Kipper needs to realize this and adapt his game. He is obviously not comfortable and not happy.

The Flames are being led on the scoreboard by Todd Bertuzzi who has 5 goals in 5 games, and by Daymond Langkow with 1 goal and 5 assists. These guys are supposed to be putting points on the board for the Flames, but they need a little backup from the 2nd and 3rd lines. The Flames have averaged 2.8 goals per game (3.5 goals-per-game if you remove the 6-0 opening night blowout), but have allowed 4.4 goals per game. The Flames typically rely on their one-time Vezina goaltender to bail them out, and they need to realize that Kipper is more than human, and needs a lot of help. I should point out that Kipper won the Vezina during a year that the Flames had one of the most defensive-oriented teams in the NHL. During the 2005-2006 season any team that got behind the Flames by a goal or more had little chance of winning. This season is completely different.

The Oilers are now 4-0-0 to start the season – something that nobody would have predicted last summer. The only other teams that remain unbeaten this season are Minnesota (4-0-0) and Buffalo (4-0-1).

Iginla is Hart Trophy Finalista

Posted 29 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Heart Trophy, Iginla

Calgary Captain Jarome Iginla was announced as a finalist for the Hart Trophy today. The Heart Trophy is given to the player judged “most valuable to his team.”

Iginla will be up against Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin.

I think Iggy has a good chance of finally getting it. I don’t think that Malkin really has that much chance, as he’s overshadowed by another great player on his team. The only competition comes from Ovechkin, who is definitely valuable to his team. His 65 goals and almost-single handedly getting his team into the playoffs has to count for much… but I don’t see “Ovy” to be as valuable to his team as Iginla was.

I think of Iginla is a leader who is consistently at the top of the class, and bringing those around him higher. I think of Ovechkin is a bit of a solo player who will score tonnes of goals, and break records… all by himself but his impact on his teammates is not the same.

Most Valuable to his team… it’s gotta be Iginla this year.

Flames Drop Season Opener to Oilers

Posted 09 May 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames started the 2006-2007 season on the road in Edmonton… and they might as well have stayed in Calgary. The Flames didn’t show up to play and fell 3-1 to the Oilers.

Edmonton came out running-and-gunning, and were rewarded with two 1st period goals from Peter Sykora. Daniel Tjarnqvist also scored in the 3rd period for the Oilers.

Calgary’s only goal came at 14:25 of the 3rd period when Jarome Iginla took a pass from Daymond Langkow and burned Dwayne Roloson’s hope of a shutout.

The back-to-back, Battle of Alberta start to the season shifts back to the Saddledome on Saturday for the Flames Home opener.